Berkeley Research in the News

March 19, 2015
UC Berkeley scientists have identified a new molecular pathway critical to aging. They found that by slowing down the activity of mitochondria in the blood stem cells of mice, they could enhance the cells’ capacity to handle stress and rejuvenate old blood.
March 19, 2015
What if there were a pill that made you more compassionate? A new study finds that giving a drug that changes the neurochemical balance in the brain causes a greater willingness to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as ensuring that resources are divided more equally.
March 17, 2015
The whirling, winged seeds of today’s conifers are an engineering wonder and, as UC Berkeley, scientists show, a result of about 270 million years of evolution by trees experimenting with the best way to disperse their seeds.

Berkeley Research in Numbers

Berkeley ranks first among U.S. universities in the number of highly ranked graduate programs. In a report published in September 2010, the National Research Council (NRC) placed 48 out of 52 ranked UC Berkeley doctoral programs within the top 10 nationally. This compared to 46 of 52 programs for Harvard University, which came in second, and 40 of 59 programs for UCLA, in third place.

Among its current faculty are:

  • 8 Nobel laureates
  • 141 members of the National Academy of Sciences 
  • 96 members of the National Academy of Engineering 
  • 10 recipients of the National Medal of Science
  • 230 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2013/14 ResearchDonut chart of 2013/14 Research Funding by Sponsor
Funding by Sponsor
(in millions)

 

Each year, the Berkeley campus receives well over one-half billion dollars in research support from external sources.